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to not get the judgey-ness about school shorts?

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mamadivazback Sun 14-Aug-11 10:15:05

I know it seems a bit mundane but DS starts school on Tuesday and as we have had a few uncomfortable hot days throught the last few months I decided to get him some little grey school shorts as well as his trousers.

But strangely everyone I know in RL seems to be saying 'oh my god you did'nt they are horrid' confused

Am I missing something or do I just know weird people... Why is it fine to send a girl in a skirt when it's hot but expect a boy to wear trousers when shorts are available?

As I say sorry for being dull but I am starting to think my DS will be scarred for life if he wears them the way some people are going on grin

hocuspontas Sun 14-Aug-11 10:17:50

When you say 'little' do you mean really short? Boys wear shorts that are knee length at our school. Maybe some people are thinking autumn term, long trousers.

mycatoscar Sun 14-Aug-11 10:21:26

at the school where i work and at dd's school it is normal for children to wear summer uniform for the first few weeks back in september - some wear it up to october half term.

girls wear summer dresses and boys wear little grey shorts - and yes they come just above the knee normally, they are grey like normal school trousers. I think it's sensible as they cant learn properly if they are hot and uncomfortable.

mycatoscar Sun 14-Aug-11 10:22:38

so YANBU and probably know some weird people!

feedthegoat Sun 14-Aug-11 10:22:50

I love seeing little boys in grey shorts.

Loads of boys wear them at infant school ds goes too. And the hand me downs I have been passed from friends would suggest it is normal there too.

I think ds looks really cute in the grey school cargo shorts.

ChasingSquirrels Sun 14-Aug-11 10:23:02

I personally think that those grey school shorts are horrid - but that doesn't mean that my ds's don't wear shorts to school, just that I really dislike those grey school ones.
How old is he?

mankyscotslass Sun 14-Aug-11 10:24:18

Both my DS have knee length school shorts for the summer and hot days when back at school in September. Sort of cargo/combat style or Bermuda depending on what they have.

I don't know what's wrong with them? TBH I think they look gorgeous in them. confused

SJisontheway Sun 14-Aug-11 10:24:24

I think they are adorable and your friends are weird

seeker Sun 14-Aug-11 10:25:43

Depends on how little the shorts are and how old the ds is!

Ephiny Sun 14-Aug-11 10:29:57

I thought these were totally normal for primary school boys, never heard of anyone having a problem with them confused. Surely more comfortable than long trousers on hot days.

I guess they're more for the summer term than autumn, but if it's still warm then why not!

PrettyCandles Sun 14-Aug-11 10:30:42

I haven't a clue what you are talking about. Both my boys wear/will wear school uniform shorts (10yo, and 4yo starts in Sep) and dd can wear them, too, if she likes. Personally, I don't care for the knee-length ones, nor the cargo style, so my boys wear the standard pleat-front or flat-front grey uniform shorts. As do most of the school, though there are plenty of knee-length and cargo as well.

Sounds like playground one-upmanship has started early.

FranSanDisco Sun 14-Aug-11 10:30:55

Ds wears knee length grey cargo shorts and looks very smart imho. I have noticed though that many of his peers have not worn them this year (Yr 3).

mamadivazback Sun 14-Aug-11 10:32:39

So glad it's not just me grin

They are just dark grey cargo shorts that come just above the knee.

He is only 5, it'll be his first day at school so I think I will be awkward and put him in trousers that day for photos etc tos top family whinging lol.

Catslikehats Sun 14-Aug-11 10:33:04

I have never heard of there being a "thing" about shorts hmm

At DS's school they aren't allowed to wear long trousers until the senior school. I think young boys look much tidier in shorts TBH.

mamadivazback Sun 14-Aug-11 10:34:14

Prettycandles - You have me worried what is this playground one upmanship? shock

issynoko Sun 14-Aug-11 10:34:59

My 6 year old boy wears shorts - he has long trousers too but gets himself dressed and always chooses shorts if they aren't in the wash. His friends wear shorts too (only 4 boys in the class and all wear shorts most of the time). Only thing he insists on is that the shorts have pockets - otherwise any trousers are pointless for him! He is in a rural school and the pockets are traditionally filled with pebbles, twigs etc plus illicit Lego minifigures. My daughter (aged 7) also has to have pockets for her pet snails.

Memoo Sun 14-Aug-11 10:35:32

All the boys in ds's school wear them in the summer term. Never heard anyone say anything negative about them before.

EdithWeston Sun 14-Aug-11 10:36:50

There's a practical point here - grazed knees heal up for free, ripped long trousers may need to be replaced.

I like how uniform looks with shorts on little boys, and have never come across judginess about it. Mine had shorts in the summer R-yr2, and one chose to stick with shorts right through until yr6.

ChippyMinton Sun 14-Aug-11 10:38:29

My boys wear shorts, if its warm enough, Easter through to October half-term. The cargo style, or knee-length. The short shorts are a bit naff.

joric Sun 14-Aug-11 10:39:37

I'm presuming he's starting school (at 5) and not starting back at school (at 15) grin

Shorts on reception age children are lovely ! smile

Theas18 Sun 14-Aug-11 10:41:34

Ds is 15 now and loved his school shorts to bits. Even till age 11 he'd have worn thennyear round if allowed

milkmilklemonade Sun 14-Aug-11 10:48:56

Its inverse snobbery, grey shorts are what little boys wear to prep school. Ignore them, its pathetic that they even have an opinion.

jubilee10 Sun 14-Aug-11 10:56:24

My ds's have all worn grey school shorts but when I passed some on to my step daughter for her son she was aghast and said he would be bullied if he wore them in his school!

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